If you thought the return of Pedro Pascal’s The Mandalorian would be the extent of The Book of Boba Fett cameos (or indeed, a crossover with The Mandalorian series), think again – because Boba’s penultimate battle was absolutely filled with familiar faces.
From Jedi Knights and gunslingers to cute little frog terrorists, all of your Mandalorian – and Star Wars – favorites were at your fingertips, many of them set to play a part in next week’s grand finale.
But who were these characters? Well, for starters, we had a surprise visit from Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth, last seen at the start of The Mandalorian’s second season, handing over Boba Fett’s armor to Din Djarin (Pascal).
This time, he was resisting the Pyke Syndicate’s spice-running methods and pondering a favor for the Mandalorian, before getting in trouble with a deadly bounty hunter.
And that was just to start. Shortly after, viewers were treated to the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, digitally aged once again like in The Mandalorian season 2 finale and with a much bigger presence this time around. .
Of course, accompanying was none other than Mandalorian star Grogu, aka the entertainer formerly known as Baby Yoda (and R2-D2, at his best).
Luke and Grogu spent the episode training together at Luke’s fledgling Jedi School, where Luke showed off some familiar moves (his entire parkour routine echoed the one he did with Frank Oz’s Yoda in The Empire strikes back, until having Grogu in a backpack) and worried about his new student’s attachments to his steel-clad surrogate father Beskar.
Also, hanging around school? Ahsoka by Rosario Dawson, speaking a few wise words before disappearing in a spin-off whiff. And just in case we forgot that this episode was helmed by Star Wars animated series boss Dave Filoni, the last big cameo came from the same place as Ahsoka – the acclaimed The Clone Wars series.
Specifically, fans were treated to the sight of bounty hunter Cad Bane (Corey Burton) in live action for the first time, apparently working for the Pyke Syndicate and taking no more prisoners in the prosthetics than he does. did in CG.
Altogether, it was an all-you-can-eat buffet of character callbacks and cameos, whether they’re from The Mandalorian, the original Star Wars trilogy, or the basic Star Wars animated shows.
With another episode of Boba Fett to go, it’s hard to imagine who else they could fit in with – but somehow we doubt this series is done bringing back the characters from Star Wars that we know and love at the moment. Watch this place…
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